In an open letter, Amnesty International warned that two elite students Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi were at risk of execution.
In its open letter issued on Monday November 22, 2021, Amnesty International addressed the Iranian judiciary warning of the danger of the execution of two elite students, Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi, and demanded their immediate release.
The letter reads in part: ” ranian university students Ali Younesi and Amirhossein Moradi, arbitrarily
detained without trial in section 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison since 10 April 2020, are
at risk of being convicted in a grossly unfair trial of a spurious charge that carries
the death penalty.”
The letter continues in part: ” Ministry of intelligence agents beat them and held them in
prolonged solitary confinement in harsh conditions to extract forced
“confessions”. They are prisoners of conscience…”
Ali Younesi, 21, and Amir Hossein Moradi, 22, have been held in solitary confinement for at least 60 days, a gross violation of regulations of prohibiting torture and ill-treatment of prisoners.
” Ali Younesi revealed to his family that he had been denied adequate healthcare for injuries to his left eye sustained during beatings by Military of Intelligence agents and that lights in his cell were turned on 24 hours a day, which left him with no sense of day or night and caused him distress and pain. Amirhossein Moradi reported being beaten harshly during his arrest.”
Amnesty International has pointed to the torture of the two students for extracting forced confessions, a clear violation of due process standards.
According to Amnesty International’s open letter: ” During a hearing before Branch 29 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran held on 3 July 2021, they were accused of “corruption on earth” (efsad-e fel-arz), which carries the death penalty, “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security” and “spreading propaganda against the system”. The authorities violated their right to be presumed innocent by publicly accusing them of ties to “counterrevolutionary” groups apparently based on their families’ real or perceived association with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), an opposition group based outside of Iran. Authorities also made spurious accusations of having found “explosive devices”in their possession. Both students denied these accusations. Their interrogators also accused them of removing posters of Iranian officials and participating in peaceful protests in January 2020.”
“The two students were denied access to a lawyer of their own choosing for the first 13 months of their detention. They remain held in separate parts of Section 209 without trial, where, according to a relative, they are denied adequate healthcare and fresh air and sleep on the floor. Ali Younesi has never been examined by an eye doctor. “
Finally, in its letter, the organization has called for the immediate release of the two prisoners and wrote: ” I call on you to release immediately and unconditionally Ali Younesi and Amirhossein Moradi detained solely based on their families’ real or perceived ties to opposition groups. Pending this, I ask you to ensure that they are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, provided urgently with the medical care they require, and given access to their families and a lawyer of their choosing.”
At the end of its letter, this international organization has called on Iran regime’s head of Judiciary “to open an independent investigation into allegations that the two were beaten upon arrest and held in conditions violating the absolute prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment with a view of bringing those responsible to justice in proceedings meeting international standards of fair trial.”
About two elite students, Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi
Ali Younesi is a student of computer engineering and Amir Hossein Moradi is a physics student. They are both elite students from Sharif Industrial University. They were detained without warrant by MOIS agents on April 10, 2020. They were beaten in the course of their arrest and then taken to solitary confinements of ward 209 of Evin Prison.
In the evening of April 10, 2020, regime’s agents first searched their houses and severely beat them and then arrested them. In the raid of 12 IRGC agents at Ali Younesi’s house, the brutally broke his forehead.
Amir Hossein Moradi is a winner of Iran’s National Astronomy Olympiad in 2017 and Ali Younsi is a silver medal winner of the same Olympiad in 2016 and a gold medal winner of the Olympiad in 2017. Also, Ali Younesi has gained the gold medal at the 12th International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad held in China and brought Iran pride.
After several cancellations the two were sent to court to face their charges on July 3, 2021. Mostafa Nili, their lawyer, giving more details about this trial said that he had asked for his clients to be taken to a public ward from the security ward 209 and the judge has said that he will look into that and will make his decision. There will be other trial sessions.
It is for about 600 days that these two elite students are still under “temporary detention”.